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Miniature beam-driven Plasma ACcelerators

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙499˙472 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙472 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FR (PALAISEAU CEDEX) coordinator 1˙499˙472.00


 Project objective

As we push the frontier of particle physics to higher particle energies, conventional accelerator techniques are attaining their limits and new concepts are emerging. The use of an ionized gas —or plasma— circumvents the most significant barrier of conventional techniques by increasing the energy gained per unit length by several orders of magnitude. One class of plasma accelerators, relevant for high energy physics applications, consists in using a particle beam, « the driver », to excite a plasma wave, that is then used to accelerate the main particle beam. Research in this field requires large facilities, due to stringent conditions on the driver. In the M-PAC project, I propose to power plasma accelerators with laser-accelerated electron beams based on 100-TW-class laser systems, so as to miniaturize the so-called “beam-driven plasma accelerators”. The project crosses the boundary of the fields of research of laser acceleration and of beam-driven plasma acceleration. With these innovative miniature versions, the goal of the M-PAC project is then to tackle, through experiments and simulations, the next Grand Challenges facing the field of beam-driven plasma acceleration, bringing plasma accelerator technology to viability for high energy physics collider applications. They include the generation and preservation of the excellent beam quality required for high-energy colliders and next-generation light sources, the demonstration of high drive-to-main-beam energy efficiency and the acceleration of the antimatter counterpart of the electron, the positron. Finally, the miniature beam-driven plasma accelerators open new opportunities to push university-scale plasma-based light sources to the next level, both in terms of brightness and spectral range.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 M. F. Gilljohann, H. Ding, A. Döpp, J. Götzfried, S. Schindler, G. Schilling, S. Corde, A. Debus, T. Heinemann, B. Hidding, S. M. Hooker, A. Irman, O. Kononenko, T. Kurz, A. Martinez de la Ossa, U. Schramm, S. Karsch
Direct Observation of Plasma Waves and Dynamics Induced by Laser-Accelerated Electron Beams
published pages: 11046, ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/physrevx.9.011046
Physical Review X 9/1 2019-09-05
2018 C Joshi, E Adli, W An, C E Clayton, S Corde, S Gessner, M J Hogan, M Litos, W Lu, K A Marsh, W B Mori, N Vafaei-Najafabadi, B O’shea, Xinlu Xu, G White, V Yakimenko
Plasma wakefield acceleration experiments at FACET II
published pages: 34001, ISSN: 0741-3335, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aaa2e3
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60/3 2019-05-14
2017 A. Doche, C. Beekman, S. Corde, J. M. Allen, C. I. Clarke, J. Frederico, S. J. Gessner, S. Z. Green, M. J. Hogan, B. O’Shea, V. Yakimenko, W. An, C. E. Clayton, C. Joshi, K. A. Marsh, W. B. Mori, N. Vafaei-Najafabadi, M. D. Litos, E. Adli, C. A. Lindstrøm, W. Lu
Acceleration of a trailing positron bunch in a plasma wakefield accelerator
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-14524-4
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-05-14
2018 J. Ferri, S. Corde, A. Döpp, A. Lifschitz, A. Doche, C. Thaury, K. Ta Phuoc, B. Mahieu, I. A. Andriyash, V. Malka, X. Davoine
High-Brilliance Betatron γ -Ray Source Powered by Laser-Accelerated Electrons
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.254802
Physical Review Letters 120/25 2019-05-14
2018 C. A. Lindstrøm, E. Adli, J. M. Allen, W. An, C. Beekman, C. I. Clarke, C. E. Clayton, S. Corde, A. Doche, J. Frederico, S. J. Gessner, S. Z. Green, M. J. Hogan, C. Joshi, M. Litos, W. Lu, K. A. Marsh, W. B. Mori, B. D. O’Shea, N. Vafaei-Najafabadi, V. Yakimenko
Measurement of Transverse Wakefields Induced by a Misaligned Positron Bunch in a Hollow Channel Plasma Accelerator
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.124802
Physical Review Letters 120/12 2019-05-14
2019 Bernhard Hidding, Andrew Beaton, Lewis Boulton, Sebastién Corde, Andreas Doepp, Fahim Ahmad Habib, Thomas Heinemann, Arie Irman, Stefan Karsch, Gavin Kirwan, Alexander Knetsch, Grace Gloria Manahan, Alberto Martinez de la Ossa, Alastair Nutter, Paul Scherkl, Ulrich Schramm, Daniel Ullmann
Fundamentals and Applications of Hybrid LWFA-PWFA
published pages: 2626, ISSN: 2076-3417, DOI: 10.3390/app9132626
Applied Sciences 9/13 2019-09-05
2019 P. San Miguel Claveria, E. Adli, L. D. Amorim, W. An, C. E. Clayton, S. Corde, S. Gessner, M. J. Hogan, C. Joshi, O. Kononenko, M. Litos, W. Lu, K. A. Marsh, W. B. Mori, B. O\'Shea, G. Raj, D. Storey, N. Vafaei-Najafabadi, G. White, Xinlu Xu, V. Yakimenko
Betatron radiation and emittance growth in plasma wakefield accelerators
published pages: 20180173, ISSN: 1364-503X, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2018.0173
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 377/2151 2019-09-05

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